Dem lawmaker wants pot legalization on Ohio ballot

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio voters could decide whether to legalize marijuana and tax it like alcohol under the latest attempt in the state to ease access to the drug.

State Rep. Robert Hagan, the proposal’s sponsor, says revenue generated by a 15-percent state excise tax on marijuana could help restore cuts to public education and local government.

The Youngstown Democrat modeled his proposal for a constitutional amendment on Colorado’s recently passed Amendment 64 that will allow adults 21 and older to legally purchase, cultivate and use cannabis recreationally. Sales establishments would be licensed and registered with the state.

Hagan also reintroduced legislation decriminalizing marijuana for medical use. The measure joins two similar proposals that have been certified for the statewide ballot but lack the signatures to proceed.

Hagan’s bills lack support from majority Republicans.

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